Sky Sports EFL pundit David Prutton has suggested that Hull City could be set to end their poor recent form with a much-needed win in their clash with Swansea City.
Hull head into the game on the back of another frustrating result, having conceded three goals in the final 17 minutes to fall to a 3-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, which has left Grant McCann’s side in 15th place in the Championship table and in need of a positive result to help get their season back on track.
The Tigers had managed to end a run of five straight defeats in all competitions by picking up a point in a 1-1 draw at Reading last weekend, but the defeat against Blackburn means that McCann’s side have now lost five out of their last six matches in the Championship.
That mean that Hull remain without a win since they managed to secure a 1-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day, and that result saw them climb up to 8th place in the table and moved them to within just a point of the play-off places in the Championship.
However, since then Hull have been affected by a combination of injury problems and the loss of both Kamil Grosicki, who made the move to West Bromwich Albion, and Jarrod Bowen following his move to West Ham – and that has left McCann needing to somewhat rebuild his squad and look to get them going in the right direction again.
Against Swansea, Hull will be aiming to pick up a first home win since the turn of the year, having failed to win in front of their own supporters since a 3-0 win against Birmingham City back in December, and the Tigers will be needing to improve their home form if they are to turn their season around.
Swansea, meanwhile, head into the game on the back of a goalless draw at home to Queens Park Rangers in midweek, which means that the Welsh club are winless in their last four Championship matches, and that run has seen them lose some ground on the Championship’s top-six.
They have also failed to win away from the home in the league since the turn of the year, and that is something they will be needing to address if they are going to be able to put together another run of form that could help them threaten the top-six again.
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Making his latest EFL predictions for Sky Sports, Prutton suggested that Hull would edge a tight contest with neither side heading into the game in any real sort of positive form, backing the Tigers to secure 1-0 win, writing: “Hull seem to be in free-fall at the minute. They were on a bad run before Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen left, now it looks like they have no confidence whatsoever.
“Swansea have fallen off a bit, too. The arrivals of Conor Gallagher and Rhian Brewster haven’t quite inspired them so far. This could do either way, but I’ll narrowly back Hull.”
It is understandable why Prutton feels that this could be the time for Hull to make a much-needed return to winning ways, with Swansea heading into the game on the back of a dip in form over the last few weeks, which means the Tigers could have a good chance to get themselves back on track.
However, Hull would need to deliver a far better performance that they did during their defeat at Blackburn in mid-week to have a chance of securing a win against Swansea. McCann will be demanding a reaction from his side which could help them find some form of spark that has been missing of late.
A win would stop the rot for the Tigers and would see them increase their lead on the teams bellow them in the table, with Hull not wanting to drop much further down the Championship table, while for Swansea a defeat would seriously dent any hopes they had of catching the top-six.
This is a game that as Prutton suggests you could potentially see going either way, which means the first goal of the match could be vital to seeing which side comes away with a win they both need for different reasons to get their season’s back on track.